On Friday, Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was announced as UEFA’s Best Player in Europe ahead of teammate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
After the UEFA Champions League group stage draws, it was time to declare the award for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe. Last season’s winner Lionel Messi failed to make the cut as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann were nominated as the top three.
As everybody expected, Ronaldo won the award for a sublime season that saw him win the Champions League with Madrid and the European Championships with Portugal.
Football fans around the globe celebrated his momentous feat:
OFFICIAL: Congratulations Cristiano Ronaldo, winner of UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award.
Richly deserved. 👏 pic.twitter.com/KlnS5YUKjG
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 25, 2016
UEFA best player goes tooooooooooo………..
— TheKing NaviSingh (@kingnavisingh) August 25, 2016
Congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo on winning the UEFA player of the year. #UEFABestPlayer
— Shobhit (@ShobhitSaggu) August 25, 2016
Of course Ronaldo wins the UEFA Best Player in Europe. Wins Champions League w/ Madrid & the Euros with Portugal. World Class Personified.
— Suyi Adewole (@Adegucci) August 25, 2016
Congrats @Cristiano – it was a no brainer who would win.
— Manchester United© (@Magic_Memphis) August 25, 2016
— Sporting CP_en (@SportingCP_en) August 25, 2016
— Fans Pitbull (@FansPitbull) August 25, 2016
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) August 25, 2016
Ronaldo deserved it more than the other so called world class players.
— Ashok (@InvertedFulBack) August 25, 2016
Well deserved #UEFABestPlayer for Cristiano Ronaldo, now he is going to get the Balon d’Or aswell.
— Pierre (@FaZeRLR) August 25, 2016
This was the year of Grizi for real!! He deserved to win 😭 I’m not saying that Ronaldo isn’t a good player but his time was last year so…
— Das +✖ (@DjDasGRX) August 25, 2016
Congrats to Ronaldo for getting the UEFA Best Player Award. Fully deserved. What a year for him!
— ZIZOU (@RMadridCastilla) August 25, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016:
UEFA Champions League ✅
UEFA Euros 2016 ✅
UEFA Best Player ✅
Simply the best in the world!
— Saif (@isaifpatel) August 25, 2016